Bren­nan helps keep fi­nals alive

Flames win cliffhanger

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE Flames for­ward Lisa Bren­nan has kept her team’s fi­nals hopes alive by nail­ing a late three- pointer in a thrilling overtime vic­tory over the Mackay Me­te­o­rettes.

Scores were tied 74- 74 at the end of reg­u­la­tion time at Townsville Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium on Fri­day night and the Me­te­o­rettes went ahead by two, late in the ex­tra pe­riod be­fore Bren­nan capped her mas­sive 31- point and 16- re­bound ef­fort with the game- win­ning triple.

Her stel­lar per­for­mance was backed up by big games from team­mates Mia Mur­ray ( 23 points, 9 re­bounds) and Jac­qui Ze­lenka ( 15 and 4) as the Flames ral­lied to an im­por­tant 85- 84 win over the three- time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Flames coach Brady Walm­s­ley was full of praise for Bren­nan and said it was great to see his team tough out a vic­tory and stay in the hunt for the QBL fi­nals.

“The ball bounced to the right per­son at the right time and Lisa was able to make a big shot in front of our home sup­port­ers,” he said. “She re­ally stormed back into form in what was our most im­por­tant game of the year and that speaks vol­umes about her char­ac­ter and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“It was an awe­some game to be in­volved with, Mackay came out strong af­ter half- time and got out to a 10- point lead but the girls worked hard to rein it in and we were able to come up with the right play at the right time.”

The Flames moved to a 9- 5 record af­ter the nail­bit­ing win and will need to win all of their re­main­ing fix­tures to have any chance of steal­ing the fi­nal play­off spot.

Fri­day night wasn’t as suc­cess­ful for the Townsville Heat as they fell 65- 52 to com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers the Me­te­ors.

The Heat shot at just 30.8 per cent from the field and con­nected on only one of 22 three- point at­tempts to fall short against a Mackay side who have lost only one game all sea­son.

The Heat and Flames will be on the road this week­end for a dou­ble header against Bris­bane and Bund­aberg in the penul­ti­mate round of the QBL.

Pic­tures: ZAK SIM­MONDS

FALL­ING SHORT: Heat’s Matthew Rees is guarded by the Me­te­ors’ Brad Ras­mussen; ( inset) Heat’s Bren­don McCully at­tempts to shoot over Me­teor Tid­jane Diop.

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